A History of Base Stealing
About the Book
The stolen base is one of the most fascinating plays in all of sports. In what other game can one player, even when operating independent of his teammates, seize territory from the defense, alter the strategic considerations on both sides and tilt the situation in favor of his team? In other sports it is the ball (or puck) that must do the scoring; in baseball, however, it is the runner, and base stealing is the runner’s greatest weapon. Not just ball games but entire World Series have turned on a steal.
This book traces the history of the stolen base and stealing in the major leagues from its earliest uses through its current status as an indispensable part of a team’s offense. Also covered are the players who were synonymous with base stealing: Ty Cobb, Luis Aparicio, Maury Wills, Lou Brock, Rickey Henderson, and others. The most memorable steals in baseball history are also recalled.
About the Author(s)
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: 16 photos, appendix, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2014 
Table of Contents
1. Diamond Delights and Disasters 5
2. Early Thefts and Thieves 21
3. Cobb: Demon on the Loose 43
4. The Babe Blasts the Steal 63
5. Thriving in the Shadows 81
6. Luis and the Go-Go Sox 103
7. Wills Puts Thievery Back in Style 119
8. Brock’s Ballet on the Base Paths 135
9. Running Wild in the 1970s 149
10. Speed Demons of the 1980s 167
11. Today’s Game 185
12. A Gallery of Thieves (and Would-Be Bandits) 193
Appendix: League-Leading Base Stealers 217
Book Reviews & Awards
“written for a general audience…will certainly be enjoyed by baseball fans”—Library Journal; “an ode to the princes of thieves…along with a detailed lineage of larceny on the basepaths”—USA Today Sports Weekly; “the written equivalent of two fans talking across the backyard fence about stealing and great basestealers”—The SABR Bulletin; “lively and interesting”—Nine.